Rasmussen College Online Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (60)
I am shocked at the negative reviews! I just graduated with my Assoc. Degree and last fall I graduated with Medical Billing and Coding certification. It was a great program, I am very please with the instructors, very knowledgeable and the courses! I made honor roll quite a few times. As a older adult doing online college education I couldn't be happier with my experience from my first phone call! I see most the negative comments on the Computer Information program, maybe this isn't the school well fitted for that program. I know quite a few people at my employer that got a education from Rasmussen and everyone is pleased! We even got 10% corp. discount!
Worst...school...ever!! I was only suppose to take 1 course for my job and when I enrolled I told them I am only taking that one class and nothing more and they said they understood. They automatically enrolled me in the second class and when I told them I do not need that class and that I wanted to unenroll they said you will owe money for doing that. Bunch of BULL!! They knew before hand to not enroll me in the second class since it is not needed and they did it anyway. Makes me wonder if this school is a scam just after money. Also, link to the live classes did not work and the teacher said she would get back to me. Never did and gave me a 10% on the assignment and wouldn't send me the downloadable link to get points. Horrible. DO NOT DO THIS SCHOOL!!! YOU WILL REGRET IT.
I'm not sure if it's a language barrier or if some of the instructors are just incompetent. I found that anytime I asked for clarification of an assignment the instructor either repeated the poorly written instructions with the existing grammatical errors or the instructor wouldn't clarify the instructions until after my interpretation of the assignment was submitted. After I was accepted into the college's paralegal studies program in the summer of 2016 I noticed that who ever was in charge of the online student portal would change the content of the YouTube videos and the assignments. One of the problems I found with the online environment is I would print the assignments one day and the next day the assignments or topics of discussion would change. I also experienced issues with the e-textbooks and didn't find the personal support center helpful at all. I was given a third party number to call and I would receive a busy signal. Some of the examples and the content in the e-textbooks were inappropriate as well as the assigned reading for the Ethics Around the Globe course. I receive an absurd amount of emails regarding a past due payment for my tuition which was already paid for in full. I found that some of the instructors expect the student to use templates from other courses because they are to lazy to create their own. For example, I have a Family Law Course instructor by the name of Toni S. who expects me to use templates from a Civil Litigation Course II course.
Rasmussen is organized and the instructors are fantastic. The on-line format requires students to engage with other students, to engage with their instructors and read feedback for completed assignments. The library is well staffed and the personnel are helpful. If you are committed and mature and understand that your success depends on your level of interaction then you will have a good experience, however, it is not easy - if you are a slacker and don't take classes seriously and don't take the time to study you will not be pleased.
I graduated Summa Cum Laude from this College. The instructors liked me and I did well, because I accomplished Summa Cum Laude. In my opinion the job search that follows is horrid. Nobody picks a Rasmussen graduate, because it has very bad karma. I been searching for a information technology job with certificates (network+, A+) for 19 months. No interviews. A better Bachelor program in Management Information Systems would be University of Wisconsin River Falls.
As an actual student of Rasmussen College, I truly enjoyed my time with the college and look forward at going back sometime down the line. For me personally, I just want my Bachelor's degree to mean something. I know I have to start at the bottom, but I hope employers look at the degree as a supplement to my current experience to move me up when opportunities present themselves instead of being overlooked because I went to Rasmussen. All the for profit schools that are closing their doors are kind of scary and I truly hope this doesn't happen to Rasmussen. When I attended, the books and content were up to date. Spelling mistakes were problem, but I am seeing more spelling mistakes everywhere online. Heck, there could be one in this post. I do feel more confident about Rasmussen College as my current employer works with them to help get employees a discount on their education. The downfall to this, however, is the company I work for goes through another college if they fully pay for a program.
Please make sure you do your own research before attending, they promise you the world but fall short on almost ALL of them. First, I understand the classes are fast about 5.5 weeks but they are unorganized and basically make you feel like you are on your own. Most instructors have never taught a day in their lives. Instructors schedules were not followed, you are left waiting for a live classroom which never comes, emails that are never answered. This will be the 4th teacher I had like this, complain and the teacher just gave me high grade to pass me. This school is not cheap and I want to feel like I'm learning something and I feel like I'm teaching myself; thankfully I have a background in medical. Really sorry I chose this school, especially when I was told my financial aid covered everything only to see a bill for over a $1000.00, sorry here are placed you can apply for a loan. I can not get a loan, and that was explained at the start. Only then did they look into in and realize they did not submit my paperwork correctly and could only write off one semester. If going back to school isn't stressful enough, they really make it worse. I was going to pursue my Associates but not at Rasmussen, really disappointed.
I decided to write a review as I have been reading the other reviews and noticed all the bad reviews coming from issues with financial aid or issues that are not with the school at all. I have been attending Rasmussen College online for about a year now and before that I attending Kaplan University Online. Comparing the two I will say that Rasmussen is WAY better than Kaplan. Rasmussen is about $1000 cheaper per term, Kaplan's classes were a joke (for Information Technology at least), and with Kaplan you didn't learn anything. With Rasmussen I have challenging classes that actually pertain to the field that I am attaining a degree in, and it is cheaper than Kaplan. The people complaining about this school seem to want to have their hands held through life and not take any responsibility for anything. The only thing I can say that I would change is that they should use Pearson's My Math Lab for math courses, but that is just a personal preference for me.
I have just completed my first year at Rasmussen College. I think its great. There are a lot of bad reviews and sometimes its our own faults for giving the bad reviews. I've seen stuff like "I have a bad professor because he gave me a bad grade for turning in late homework" or "my financial aid got messed up but I turned it in a week late". Its called holding yourself accountable and if you want to be in school, you'll find ways that motivate you to stay in school. I'm not saying its perfect and the instructors are the best. We are human and we make mistakes. In fact, once I took a test and 2 questions out of the 25 questions were counted as being WRONG when they were RIGHT. I took screenshots of the problems then emailed that to the professor and he took care of it that same night and I received credit for the correct answers. They also changed the test. I have been in the workforce for about 20 years. For me, I have to get a degree if I want to advance with my current employer. I have an opportunity to better myself and my family. If that means to grit my teeth and take charge of my education, that's what I'm going to do. Its not about excuses. It not about waiting until the last minute to finish up an assignment. Its about your future. Take charge of yours!
In reading the comments, I'm not surprised since many of them are about financial aid and issues. I do not use financial aid, so I'm not able to comment about it. I would say most of the time, I'm satisfied with the Accelerated program that I'm in. However, just like anywhere else, there are a few bad apples. I would say out of every 5 instructors you get one that is a bit more harsh, unclear, or just annoying with reading power points and continuing to preach about the APA format. Speaking of the preaching. It's probably happening since many people are not following the requirements. And, perhaps this is why people who gave poor reviews are not happy. I would also mention that if I had not had over 20 years of experience, this program would be very difficult. I think that is why people are also making comments about not learning or being taught anything by the instructor. I feel it's a program that was developed for people like me that have many years of experience but just need a degree to validate the experience for current or future employers. If you are under 35 years old, you'll need to be a good reader, be able to reach out for help when needed, or just be fortunate to have a lot of business experience. The classes are only 6 weeks long, so they go fast and when you get behind on one week, it could be difficult to catch up. The work is generally 2 discussion posts and 2 writing papers (sometimes a quiz is supplemented for one of these items). I would say it takes about 10-15 hours a week to do the work for one class. I'm glad that the instructors can be a bit tough on some people, I do want to EARN my grades, and to this point (attending for about a year now), I feel I have earned my grade. And, I feel I have learned too. Perhaps not as much as sitting in a classroom when I was 20 years old, but since I've been working for more years than that, I've gained knowledge that I am able to apply to my course work. And, thankfully, I do not need to sit in a classroom for 3-10 hours a week! I dreaded that while getting my Associates degree 22 years ago! That's one reason I didn't go back to school. Speaking of my Associates degree, Rasmussen took my degree to apply it to my credits so I began as a Junior basically. 22 years later! And, I didn't have to take any additional classes than someone who just graduated in the spring of the year I started attending Rasmussen. Bottom line, as with everything else, you get what you put into it. It's not for everyone or for every degree (I'm only able to comment on the Accelerated BA Business Management program). And, the costs could vary. I am taking advantage of my work's tuition reimbursement program and so far have not paid anything out of pocket. I am thankful for the quick classes, because I tend to get anxious about week 4, regardless of how long the class is. Here's my summary: PROS: It's somewhat self-paced, but there are due dates for assignments No sitting in classrooms Inexpensive, comparatively speaking to other BA programs (even if I had to pay out of pocket) You still can communicate with your classmates If I move, I can continue to take my classes since location is not an issue. 18 months and you're done! My stomach doesn't turn as I expected (see CONS below) There are 6 computer based classes that you take and those are strictly read and take a test types and are totally self-paced, and you have 60 days to complete one class. CONS: The online portal was confusing somewhat when I began. Some teachers/classes aren't good (but no where is perfect) My stomach turns thinking about school